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Former Southwest Greensburg man charged in city heists |

Former Southwest Greensburg man charged in city heists

Bob Stiles
| Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:01 a.m

Greensburg police used surveillance footage, a jacket design and an alleged conspirator’s statement to link a former Southwest Greensburg resident to robberies at two city stores.

Jeffery Allen McMahon, 26, is charged with robbery, conspiracy, prohibited possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license, theft and receiving stolen property.

McMahon covered his face and held a pistol as he robbed a clerk of $283 at the Sunoco convenience store on West Otterman Street on Jan. 21, Greensburg police said.

He and his cousin, Brandon W. Curry, 32, formerly of Greensburg, are charged with robbing the Puff-N-Stuff tobacco store on East Pittsburgh Street on Nov. 19. They wore masks and gloves and got $462.74 and 17 cartons of cigarettes valued at $1,071, city police said.

McMahon is charged with stealing the .22-caliber pistol used in the two robberies from a Greensburg woman in 2013, police said.

Surveillance footage from the Sunoco store showed the suspect’s jacket had “distinctive double stripes down the arm,” and a hoodie underneath had a “distinctive V,” Detective Jerry Vernail said.

Last month, state troopers told Vernail they were investigating McMahon in connection with two other holdups and planned to get a search warrant for the Sidney Street residence he shared with Curry.

Greensburg and state police together viewed footage from the Sunoco and Puff-N-Stuff robberies.

“It is obvious the actors are the same,” Vernail said. “Their size and mannerisms match, as well as clothing, in particular a black jacket with reflective material on the sleeves, and the gun itself.”

Authorities said they found McMahon’s distinctive jacket and hoodie with another man who had salvaged items from the Sidney Street apartment.

Curry told state police he and his cousin held up Puff-N-Stuff.

“Curry stated that he and Jeff McMahon waited on the Five Star Trail until the store was empty,” Vernail wrote. “They entered the store with McMahon brandishing the gun and robbed the store.

“Curry also provided information on the Sunoco robbery in that he stated McMahon committed that alone,” according to the affidavit.

Curry described the route McMahon used to leave the Sunoco after the holdup, police said.

McMahon’s record includes burglary convictions that prohibit him from having a firearm, police said.

McMahon and Curry are being held in the Indiana County Prison on $150,000 bond each on robbery and conspiracy charges filed by state police on Feb. 27 and March 11.

They are tentatively scheduled for a preliminary arraignment before Greensburg District Judge James Albert on Thursday on the Greensburg charges.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or

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